College Football Week 12: Sickest Highlights from Saturday's Games

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIINovember 19, 2011

College Football Week 12: Sickest Highlights from Saturday's Games

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    Denard Robinson and the Michigan Wolverines hosted the Nebraska Cornhuskers in one of two Big Ten matchups early on Saturday. Robinson tried to balance his impact on the game between the run and pass, and though D-Rob is a part of the highlights, so is Nebraska.

    Louisville is represented as they took on UConn. Check out the sickest highlights of the early games.

13. Brandon Jones

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    Brandon Jones of Rutgers pulled off this nice, acrobatic interception to seal the victory over Cincinnati. Freshman halfback Jewan Jamison was huge, but on this play, Jones takes away a touchdown attempt.

    Though Jones is a senior, the Scarlet Knights' future looks bright with the underclassmen talent they have, led by Jamison.

12. Max Smith to Matt Roark

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    Into the fourth quarter, Kentucky was giving the Georgia Bulldogs all they could handle. The Bulldogs were clinging to a two point lead as the Wildcats just didn't want to submit and allow Georgia to win the SEC East.

    Max Smith got great protection as his halfback picks up the blitz, and he lofts up a nice pass to Matt Roark in one-on-one coverage for the 46-yard completion against a nasty Bulldogs defense.

11. Terrance Moore

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    Nebraska is starting a nice tradition of athletic defensive tackles as of late. Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who was on the sidelines for this game, is the most prominent currently, but Terrance Moore may be on the rise.

    This was quite the athletic play to tip the Denard Robinson pass in the air, and to attempt the lateral on the run back. He was ruled down before the lateral, but it was a good effort.

10. Hot Potato

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    Illinois QB Reilly O'Toole throws a terrible pass into a crowd. It is subsequently tipped about 427 times before it is finally intercepted by Aaron Henry.

    This is just another reason why the Illini can't buy a win right now.

9. Nebraska Quadruple Option?

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    Even Urban Meyer and Chris Spielman were bewildered when they saw this play, each of whom said they hadn't seen a play like this in all their years.

    The snap was taken by Taylor Martinez, and it looked like a triple option as he maintained contact with the ball while handing it to Rex Burkhead.

    Burkhead took complete control running right and then pitched it to Ameer Abdullah for a three-yard touchdown run. It was a very interesting and impressive option play.

8. Matt Barkley to Robert Woods

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    USC's Matt Barkley and Robert Woods have proven to be one of the top quarterback-receiver tandems in college football this season.

    On Saturday against No. 4 Oregon, they proved why once again, connecting on a 12-yard touchdown that saw Woods wrestle the ball away from Oregon cornerback Avery Patterson.

    The connection was the first of two between the pair and preceded what became an upset victory over the Ducks in a 38-35 thriller.

7. Denard Robinson to Roy Roundtree

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    Usually Robinson makes his appearance in a highlights show with his legs, but thanks to Roy Roundtree and this nicely placed throw, Robinson is here for his arm.

    In a tight, hard fought battle with Nebraska, where there were a few nice plays. This was one of them.

    Robinson placed it where his athletic receiver had the chance to make a play on the ball. Alfonzo Dennard fell down on the coverage, allowing Roundtree to extend while leaping backwards to haul in the catch.

    It set up a touchdown and the Wolverines carried a 14-point lead into the fourth quarter.

6. Monte Ball

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    Wisconsin running back Monte Ball is a beast, At this point, he had rushed for three touchdowns, none more impressive than this spin move for the score.

    Illinois got off to a good start in this one, but as usual, they faded miserably down the stretch. The Fighting Illini are a mess this year after a 6-0 start.

    It looks like the Badgers will avoid another Big Ten upset.

5. Fitz Toussaint

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    Wolverines stud running back Fitz Toussaint is the biggest reason Denard Robinson's rushing numbers are a little down. He has really taken a hold of the lead rushing duties.

    Plays like this show you why he has asserted himself as the man on the ground. He breaks at least three Nebraska tackles on his way in for the 38-yard touchdown run.

    Michigan opened up a huge lead in the fourth quarter at home.

4. Devier Posey

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    Ohio State WR Devier Posey pulls down this amazing one handed grab from Braxton Miller. It wasn't enough to guide the Bucks past the Nittany Lions in Columbus, but it was still a great grab.

    Penn State won the game and stays on top in the race to compete in the first ever Big Ten title game.

3. De'Anthony Thomas

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    Before the season, freshman De'Anthony Thomas was considered one of the top athletes in the 2011 class and was heavily recruited by USC.

    Unfortunately for the Trojans, he ended up going to Oregon and they had to witness him burn them for the 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on Saturday.

    Thomas faked a lateral off the catch, then sprinted down the right sideline before cutting back and taking it home for the score.

    One of the most athletic prospects in the nation?


2. Adrian Bushell

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    The former Florida Gator Adrian Bushell showed great balance on this 100-yard kickoff return, but I would be remiss not to mention the horrible tackling and pursuit by the UConn special teams.

    This play was key to the Cardinals getting off to a great start. They are well in control, leading by 18 points in the final quarter.



1. Robert Griffin III

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    Baylor's Robert Griffin III continues to prove he's one of the best NFL prospects in college football.

    The junior quarterback broke a school-record on Saturday against No. 5 Oklahoma, tossing for 479 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for 72 yards.

    But it was this play, the game-winner, that had everyone on their feet.

    With just seconds remaining, Griffin rolled to the left, then gunned a 34-yard strike to receiver Terrance Williams across the field with a defender in his face, leading the Bears to a 45-38 shocker.

    When all is said and done, Griffin may not only be one of the greats in Baylor history, he may be a star in the NFL.